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(Version 01-19-2014)

Since the functions of GEKo are included in ShowMeGedcom (see below), further development has been stopped.


GEKo Windows

GEKo MacOS X (Intel)
32-bit version! Not executable under macOS Catalina (10.15) or later. Please use ShowMeGedcom (see below).

GEKo Linux
Many Gedcom-files I receive are not encoded to show diacritical characters correctly in Gedcom 5.5 . GEKo enables you to convert this encoding to a format compatible the Gedcom without changing data within Gedcom.

In addition to the formats permitted in Gedcom 5.5 (ASCII, ANSEL, UNICODE) there is also the option to use UTF-8. This will be available in Gedcom 5.5.1.

There are more options, such as the free choice of the type of line-endings, or the option to set a byte-order marker for unicode output. Please refer to the quick guide for your first steps, and for information about Gedcom.

Usage of the software is at you own risk. I cannot be held responsible for any damage.

Genealogical Dictionary

(Version 09-27-2012)

GenLex Windows

GenLex MacOS X (PPC)
GenLex MacOS X (Intel)

GenLex Linux

This file contains genealogical vocabulary. Both "Familienbande" as well as GenLex can make use of this file.

This is a short manual for GenLex in .pdf-format.

Those who already use "Familienbande" donot need GenLex, as it is integrated in "Familienbande". Users of other programs will find GenLex to be a useful tool for quickly checking unusual terminology.

To use GenLex, you need "Familienbande'" dictionary file (see download page). The file is completey editable, feel free to add, correct, of delete entries.

If you want to make your changes available for other users, please send me a note.

The file now comes with soundexcode generation and includes church sundays.

Use the software at you won risk. I cannot be held responsible for any damage in any way.


(Version 01-15-2020)


ShowMeGedcom Windows (64-Bit)
ShowMeGedcom Windows (32-Bit)

ShowMeGedcom MacOS X (Intel 64-Bit)
ShowMeGedcom MacOS X (Intel 32-Bit)

ShowMeGedcom Linux (64-Bit)
ShowMeGedcom Linux (32-Bit)

 The manual from 05-27-2019 (german only).

With ShowMeGedcom, you can verify that your Gedcom file conforms to the GEDCOM standard. The current version 5.5.1 was released in November 2019 and should be supported by current programs. For this reason, ShowMeGedcom checks your GEDCOM file for compliance with GEDCOM 5.5.1, but also takes into account the outdated 5.5 version.
In addition to simply checking the file, you can convert the (possibly incorrect) character encoding to the UTF-8 variant commonly used today and have some common errors fixed.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

If you have already viewed a GEDCOM file with a text editor, you will have noticed that it is difficult to navigate and the structure is quite confusing. This is where ShowMeGedcom is a good help. It allows you to review GEDCOM files in a clear and concise manner.

Changes within the file are also possible. However, you should be well versed in GEDCOM. Normally, users should not modify GEDCOM files themselves.

ShowMeGedcom was created by working on the gedcom-l@genealogy.net mailing list. There, the developers of genealogy software discuss the identical use of GEDCOM to achieve an exchange without loosing data.

ShowMeGedcom is a tool which is still under development. Bug reports and feature requests are welcome.

Use the software at you won risk. I cannot be held responsible for any damage in any way.

The following languages are included in the program:


You can also use other languages by dragging a language file into the main window.
For your own translation or improvement of the existing languages you can download the internal files here:


            2019 by Stefan Mettenbrink  email